We got kiddos off to school for eighth and seventh grades and everyone got the teachers they wanted and sports begin tomorrow! I'm going to be good and ready for Labor day weekend! This stage is so much fun. I think when we aren't tackling the hard parts of life we laugh so much more than we ever used to. Watching these kids grow up is equal parts hard and delight. The hard is so hard sometimes that I think I'll never be able to breathe easily again and wonder if we'll ever come out of it... then the delightful parts smack us across the face and snap us out of that, and into such an intense fun that I think we'll never go back to those hard days! Ah, life. I think it's designed so that the good is SO good, it helps with quick recovery from the hormone dips!
so beautifully that I decided to share them. (If they object, I'll take them down.) I'm shocked when I look at my son and see my husband in there in pieces. I see Adrain in the set of his broadening shoulders, and his male confidence which mirrors Adrain and takes me completely by surprise sometimes. I'll be panicking about something and he will put his arm around me and calmly tell me it's going to be okay. Or I'll be wandering lost in a parking lot and he will steer my elbow and say, "Mom, we parked over there." Or those moments when I see the shape of his chin and it's his daddy. Growing a good little man over here! Er... a taller than me by six inches so far little man that is.
many personalities. I love that. We always skip school photos and I just print up wallets of first day pics for all the relatives. We always take them on our front porch. Or the field next door. I go for easy and inexpensive and now it's become tradition! They know the drill and the neighbors across the street come out and cheer them on. I love that too.
teaches me so much about relationships. I often fail but she is so quick to forgive and offer grace. She is such a little lady and all I wanted when I prayed for a girl, was a daughter-friend someday. We have enough glimpses into that future that I feel giddy sometimes. Shopping together, manicures, cooking, and watching chick flicks- all things we do together now and love, how much better can it possibly get? She is so like her daddy in personality which is funny because Joe is more like me in ways. She tends to be more reserved and calm and amused by my extroverted (and often dramatic) life exclamations. I just really, really like her.